Journal Seven: Oedipus and Tragedy

Reminder: No class on Monday. Reach through Act III of Othello for Tuesday.

Even though Aristotle used Oedipus Tyrannus as the model from which he developed his thoughts on tragedy, we don't have to accept these notions if we don't want to. However, we'll use what Aristotle wrote as a starting point. This is a pretty standard take on tragedy:

Tragedy is characterized by seriousness and involves a great person who experiences a reversal of fortune (Peripeteia), generally from good to bad because this induces pity and fear within the spectators. Tragedy results in a catharsis (emotional cleansing) or healing for the audience or character (who experienced catharsis is open to dispute) through their experience of these emotions in response to the suffering of the characters in the drama.
Given who you are, and the world we live in today, develop a brief argument for or against Oedipus the play as a tragedy or Oedipus the man/character as a tragic figure. Illustrate your discussion with these and any other thoughts on tragedy you might want to rummage up along with specific passages and examples from the play. Having posted your thoughts, respond to at least two other journals and one response to your journal, for a minimum of three responses. Due date for the journal is midnight Sunday. Responses are due by midnight Tuesday.

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Bradley